The Obama administration will release its plans for a major overhaul of the nation's cyber security policies in the coming days, a senior administration official said today.
Speaking to intelligence industry professionals in McLean, VA, Melissa Hathaway, tasked by the White House with a 60-day review of the nation's cybersecurity infrastructure, said that the H1N1 flu response had delayed the roll-out.
In her speech, Hathaway did not say much about the administration's policy changes, although published reporters indicate that Obama plans to create a powerful national cybersecurity directorate that would work through the Department of Homeland Security, establish a national cybersecurity recovery plan and resolve longstanding conflicts between agencies.
The review was finished last week; Hathaway worked with a small team of cybersecurity experts, reviewing exiting laws, cataloging tasks and recommendations and soliciting input from government agencies and outside industries.
Her main conclusion: "The federal government is not organized to addressed this growing problem."
The report, she said, includes recommendations to the president and an action plan. It does not address - as much - specific vulnerabilities.